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Date: 6/6/11 0:41 AM

Regency style dress from a outgrown T-shirt.

If you have ever watched a Jane Austen Movie or read her books, you know the Regency dress. It is one of my favorite styles, from a time known for its elegance.

After playing around with purchased patterns, I decided to create a Regency style dress from T-shirts that my daughters had outgrown. Not only are these dresses adorable, but they are easy to make, and get more use out of your children's clothing to boot.

I thought I would share my tutorial with other sewers. It can be found at my blog:
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Date: 6/6/11 2:37 AM

Very cute way to extend the life of a favorite t- shirt. The dresses are adorable.

When my dd was 3 or 4, I made her a dress with a tiered skirt and she loved it and wore it for years until the bodice ripped. I turned it into a skirt and my dd, now 9, still wears it! She doesn't even remember it was ever a dress, it's been so long. It's nice to get extra mileage out of kid's clothes.

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Subject: Recycle Your Daughters Outgrown T-shirts into Beautiful Dresses Date: 6/6/11 9:12 PM

Cute...cute...cute

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Date: 6/6/11 9:26 PM

These dresses are really cute. I am confused, though, about the "outgrown" nature of these t-shirts. The shirts seem to fit your daughters well, and it seems that they would have to fit well for the dresses to fit. Are these shirts worn out at the hem, or otherwise not serviceable?

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Date: 6/7/11 3:03 AM

Very cute children, dolls, and dresses. Thank you for sharing.

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Subject: Recycle Your Daughters Outgrown T-shirts into Beautiful Dresses Date: 6/7/11 7:22 AM

I did something similar with singlet tops that had got too short, but still fit around the body... I added skirts of various styles from remnants I had around & all of a sudden, 5 new summer dresses!

ETA - thanks for the tutorial
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Date: 6/10/11 11:03 AM

Thank you very much! I also love your blog and the wonderful insights and ideas!

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Date: 6/30/11 1:37 AM

Thank you all for the lovely comments. Irene, about the way the shirts were outgrown, they were outgrown in the gate. We have long torsos, big bellies and short arms. (Our shirts were showing belly-buttons.) The waist line of this dress is very forgiving and makes it perfect for tight shirts. The only thing you have to worry about fitting is the shoulders and chest.

Like I said, we have short arms so our sleeves fit, but if the sleeve is too short. Just simply add some of the dress fabric to the cuff to extend the sleeve length. I find when sewing and in purchasing new clothing for a size up, the extra size usually means an inch or two at the bottom and sleeve cuff. This tutorial is just a way to extend the wear a little while longer. It also works for shirts that are too large. I just made another dress using this method for my youngest in 4T from a shirt of my oldest that was 6T. It worked out really well, I just had to shorten the sleeves. Hope that helps.

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Date: 7/8/11 9:14 PM

Cute dresses and what a fun blog!

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Visit my blog at www.sewconfused.blogspot.com

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Subject: Recycle Your Daughters Outgrown T-shirts into Beautiful Dresses Date: 7/10/11 7:07 PM

Love the dresses and your blog!

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